A slice of homemade apple pie with whole wheat pastry crust and oatmeal crunch topping
A slice of homemade apple pie with whole wheat pastry crust and oatmeal crunch topping.

A slice of homemade apple pie is a delicious treat that I like to make for my family once in a while.  After receiving some Whole Wheat Pastry flour  from Hodgson Mill  I decided to make this delicious treat into a not too guilty pleasure.  My husband loves all apple desserts so I made this with him in mind.  Oatmeal and whole wheat flour combine to make a tasty, crunchy crumb topping.

The whole wheat pastry flour doesn’t behave the same way that white flour does, it crumbled apart when I tried to roll it.  I added an egg to the pie dough and that seemed to give the dough a smooth and cohesive the texture.  I LOVE the way this pie crust tastes.  The rich, nutty-ness of the whole wheat pastry flour is delicious with the apple pie but I think it would be fantastic with a peach or plum filling.

A food processor takes most of the hard work out of a homemade pie crust. Pulse some salt, butter and shortening with the whole wheat pastry flour. Add and egg and water and you're done
A food processor takes most of the hard work out of a homemade pie crust. Pulse some salt, butter and shortening with the whole wheat pastry flour. Add and egg and water and you’re done. It’s just that easy.
The finished whole wheat pie dough
The finished whole wheat pie dough was a bit hard to roll (no matter how I tweaked the recipe it crumbled) Rolling between two sheets of plastic wrap or pressing the dough into the pie plate makes things easier.
The finished apple pie, whole wheat crust and oatmeal crunch topping.
The finished apple pie, whole wheat crust and oatmeal crunch topping.

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Whole Wheat Pie dough makes 2 deep dish pie crusts (freeze one if you’re only making 1 pie)

7 tablespoons vegetable shortening

10 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 ½ Whole wheat pastry flour, plus more for rolling

3 tablespoons white granulated sugar

1 teaspoon salt

5-7 tablespoons iced water

1 egg

Measure out the butter and shortening and place in the freezer for 10 minutes.

In a food processor add pastry flour, sugar and salt and process for 10 seconds to mix.

Add butter and shortening to the pastry flour and pulse for 15 one second intervals. There should be pieces of butter and shortening about ¼ in size visible in the flour. Add the egg and pulse 10 more times

Add water 1 tablespoon at a time and pulse the food processor until the mixture sticks together.

Divide the dough into two equal parts, pat each into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for half an hour until ready to use or freeze for 2 months.

Press one disk into pie plate or roll between two sheets of plastic wrap, then transfer to a pie plate.  Refrigerate again for another half an hour then, for extra flaky texture freeze the dough for an hour before filling.

Apple Pie with Oatmeal Crunch Topping

1 whole wheat pie crust

5 apples  (I like Fuji for crispness or golden delicious for creamy texture)

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon corn starch

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Oatmeal Crunch Topping

½ stick (4 tablespoons) of unsalted butter

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

¾ cup brown sugar

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup old fashioned oatmeal

Deep dish pie pan

Press the pie dough into the pie pan or roll the dough between two pieces of plastic wrap and transfer to the pie pan.  Refrigerate for half an hour (for extra flaky texture freeze the dough for an additional hour before filling.)

Peel and slice the apples ¼ inch thick and toss with lemon juice.  Add brown sugar, corn starch and cinnamon to the apples and toss to combine.  Put the apple mixture into the pie crust.

Make the oatmeal crunch topping:

Melt the butter

Combine whole wheat pastry flour, brown sugar and salt in a bowl and stir in melted butter.  Add the old fashioned oatmeal.  Squeeze the topping together to form clumps of the mixture about 1/4-1/2 inch in size.

Sprinkle the oatmeal crunch topping over the pie and bake at 400° for 1 hour and 15 minutes.



40 Comments on Apple Pie- Whole Wheat Pie Crust and Oat Crunch Topping

  1. sippycupmom
    July 14, 2014 at 12:04 am (10 years ago)

    Oh, that crunch topping! It looks so good!

  2. Christie
    July 13, 2014 at 9:35 pm (10 years ago)

    OH MY GOODNESS! Can I have a slice right now? This looks so yummy with the crunch topping!

  3. Krystal's Kitsch
    July 13, 2014 at 7:14 pm (10 years ago)

    Sounds really good! I bet I would love to serve this in the fall!

  4. Family Travel Blogger
    July 13, 2014 at 6:39 pm (10 years ago)

    The crunchy oat topping looks so good! It just needs some ice cream 😉

  5. Tiffany @DaydreamingRealist
    July 13, 2014 at 2:56 pm (10 years ago)

    Durn, that looks good! I love apple pie with vanilla ice cream on the side. We always have one for Thanksgiving 🙂 Love your recipe!

  6. thechattymomma
    July 13, 2014 at 1:41 pm (10 years ago)

    Apple pie is one of my faves. I haven’t had whole wheat pie crust, but I bet it’s delicious.

  7. Marina @ Mommy Snippets
    July 13, 2014 at 3:39 am (10 years ago)

    This looks amazing! My mouth is so watering right now. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Liz Mays
    July 13, 2014 at 12:02 am (10 years ago)

    I think I’m most excited about the crunchy topping. This all sounds wonderful!

  9. Chrystal
    July 12, 2014 at 11:30 pm (10 years ago)

    I love a warm handmade apple pie. I am happy to see one made out of wheat flour!

  10. Jenn Q
    July 12, 2014 at 11:12 pm (10 years ago)

    Wow that apple pie sounds delicious! I love a crunchy topping on my pie!

  11. Becka
    July 12, 2014 at 9:13 pm (10 years ago)

    I can’t get past that first picture. That looks sooo good!! 🙂

  12. Carly from The Puzzled Palate
    July 12, 2014 at 9:01 pm (10 years ago)

    You can ask my husband, I just said the following VERY loudly when the page loaded: “I WANT TO EAT THAT!” #GlutenFreeProblems

  13. Danielle @ We Have It All
    July 12, 2014 at 8:51 pm (10 years ago)

    I’ve made a million apple pies but I don’t think I ever tried it with whole wheat crust. I’ll need to try this! Thanks for sharing!

  14. lisamc7
    July 12, 2014 at 8:44 pm (10 years ago)

    Oh my word – that crunch topping! I have some wheat flour waiting in the fridge for something yummy – this is perfect!

  15. Beth@FrugalFroggie
    July 12, 2014 at 6:47 pm (10 years ago)

    That looks so delicious. Thanks for the great recipe!!

  16. shellthings
    July 12, 2014 at 4:29 pm (10 years ago)

    This looks delicious! I love apple pie.

  17. Kay Adeola
    July 12, 2014 at 1:29 pm (10 years ago)

    I love the crunchy topping,I think any food tastes better with a little crunch in it.

  18. Janeane M. Davis
    July 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm (10 years ago)

    Oh my goodness! That top photo of the pie looks so delicious. I really wish I had taste o vision on my laptop.

  19. Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama
    July 12, 2014 at 11:42 am (10 years ago)

    it looks so delish! I love the crunchy topping. That’s one of the best parts of a dessert.

  20. ascendingbutterfly
    July 12, 2014 at 4:54 am (10 years ago)

    It looks delish, but I am the only person I know who does not eat apple pie. I love apple, but for some reason don’t eat apple pie. I know I’m nutso!

    • sweetsavant
      July 12, 2014 at 2:29 pm (10 years ago)

      I think this recipe would work just as well with peaches or plums if you don’t care for apples.

  21. casavilorainteriors
    July 12, 2014 at 4:33 am (10 years ago)

    that apple pie looks super yummy! I have never had apple pie believe it or not. Looks like I have been missing out

  22. Lori
    July 12, 2014 at 3:40 am (10 years ago)

    Oh. My. Goodness. That looks delicious! It might be worth turning on my oven this summer just to make one.

  23. Kayla
    July 12, 2014 at 3:34 am (10 years ago)

    Yum! I’d love this with a scoop of homemade vanilla bean ice cream. Great job!

  24. Rosey
    July 12, 2014 at 3:13 am (10 years ago)

    That looks so good.The oat crunch topping has me longing for something to eat!

  25. Pam Wattenbarger
    July 12, 2014 at 1:39 am (10 years ago)

    That looks absolutely delicious. I love apple pie!

  26. gaynycdad
    July 12, 2014 at 1:05 am (10 years ago)

    Whole wheat and oats and I am eating an apple pie! I can eat double because it has such healthy ingredients, correct?

    • sweetsavant
      July 12, 2014 at 2:30 pm (10 years ago)

      Yes, that’s EXACTLY how it works!

  27. savoryexperiments
    July 12, 2014 at 12:30 am (10 years ago)

    Oh, doesn’t that look divine?? Will you deliver a slice to my house? Drooling….

  28. aimeed23
    July 12, 2014 at 12:18 am (10 years ago)

    Great pictures and the pie looks fabulous. Of course baked apples and cinnamon is always a win!

  29. Jenni E. {Sweet Pennies from Heaven}
    July 11, 2014 at 11:52 pm (10 years ago)

    Ohh my goodness! That has to be one of the best looking apple pies ever! The topping is what I always get excited about!! That – with a giant scoop of icecream! Mmmmm.

  30. Dina Demarest (@dinade)
    July 11, 2014 at 11:10 pm (10 years ago)

    that looks super yummy. I use whole wheat flour but usually half and half it. I’ll ahve to give it a try.

  31. Shop with Me Mama (Kim)
    July 11, 2014 at 10:29 pm (10 years ago)

    Oh my this looks and sounds delicious! I will have to try out this recipe soon!

  32. Debbie Denny
    July 11, 2014 at 10:11 pm (10 years ago)

    I have made a whole wheat crust. Awesome. That topping looks fantastic.

  33. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    July 11, 2014 at 9:38 pm (10 years ago)

    That sounds so delicious. I love warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream on it.


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